I assume you already know about Matsuzaka, who I would say probably wont be coming over until at least 2008.
Yeah, I had read a lot about him two years ago and attempted to draft him and stash him away but a league member beat me to it. This guy's wife has family from Japan and he goes over once a year and scouts guys that he reads about. He also drafted Ichiro a full year before he signed with Seattle. We all thought he was nuts.
Baseball Guru was the website that I came across when looking for free agents form Japan.
It has some good information but I've found that some of his stats are off so its making me start to think that his knowledge of who is eligible is also off. Like you said, Abe is a player to watch, which I confused with free agent.
The only ball player from Japan that I have drafted was Nokumura the third baseman who I think did sign with the Mets but went back to Japan eventually. I'm just looking for someone who has some upside and plans on coming to the US.
Between Fukodome and Iwamura, who do you see as having a better MLB future if they should choose to come over? Also is there a Japanese website where you can follow their stats through the season? Every site I've come across is naturally in Japanese.
Thanks for listing the other prospects. I'll have to do some research on them.